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Allergies by Season

 

Spring is just around the corner which means allergies are as well for many individuals. While blooming flowers and growing grass may remind you of allergies, they actually exist all year round. Knowing which allergies are present during which season will make it easier to narrow down what triggers your allergy symptoms so that you can prepare before they kick in!

Winter

Winter is coming to an end, but it’s never to prepare for next year early. Winter brings cold temperatures and hard frost in many areas of the country. Those temperatures mean that pollen is at bay. While you spend more time in your house and kick the heat on for the first time, dust and mold that have been lying dormant in your home will wreak havoc on your allergies. To reduce the indoor winter allergies, invest in a HEPA filter for your furnace and change the sheets on your bed regularly.

Spring

Spring is a time filled with beautiful blooming flowers, growing grass, and much more. All of those outdoor allergens create high pollen levels that irritate many allergy sufferers. Allergy testing to find out what types of trees and flowers bother you the most will make avoiding your allergens easier. Spring may be the time to turn to the help of an antihistamine or other allergy medicine to take the edge off of your allergy symptoms.

Summer

Summer is the peak time of year for grass pollen, mainly thanks to all of your neighbors mowing the lawn. Mold spores and seeds make an appearance in July, living on fallen leaves and compost piles. The best way to avoid these allergens is to stay inside in central air conditioning. Be sure to change your HEPA filter often to keep your home clear of mold spores and unwanted dust.

Fall

Fall is a rough time for those allergic to ragweed. The pollen runs rampant outside, along with more mold spores and leftover pollen from the spring and summer months. November is one of the best months for outdoor allergy sufferers. It’s a time when outdoor allergens are dying down, and indoor allergens haven’t been stirred up quite yet.
Remember, not everyone suffers from allergies year-round. You may only notice allergy symptoms one or two seasons out of the year, or they may bother you no matter the weather! If allergies are interfering with your day to day life, contact an allergist right away.

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Fight Fall Allergies

If you suffer from fall/winter allergies then you know you the allergies are coming back to haunt you! However, don’t let this year be like the rest of the years! Try & get ahead of the Fall allergies & let us here at First Call Urgent Care help you! Below we will be giving you some tips to use to make sure you beat fall allergies once & for all!

Don’t wait to start treating yourself for allergies!

If you wait until you start having symptoms with allergies odds are you are too late! The best way to combat fall allergies is to start treatment about 2 weeks before your regular symptoms would usually occur. For example, if you have allergies in Septemeber then you would want to start taking your medication in late August. If you experience allergies in December then you need to start medication in November!

Don’t forget about the mold!

Mold is the leading cause of sickness & health related issues. It is known as the silent killer because it can grow basically anywhere in your house or surroundings & constant exposure to it is not good. Mold can grow basically anywhere there is water, places you should look include:

  • The sink
  • Bathtub
  • Under the sink in the kitchen
  • Pipes in the basement
  • Toilet
  • Wet part of the ceiling

A good way to know if you have mold or will have mold is to not only check these places in your house but to also look at places that are accumulating water. This way you can fix the wet spots before they become mold!

Fight Off Pollen

Be careful of Ragweed! Ragweed is the most commonly found in plants, trees, & other various outdoor plants. A good way to keep ragweed out of your house is too make sure to leave your shoes at the door! Keeping ragweed out of the house will prevent yours from getting allergies inside your home. Also if you have a pet that runs outside a lot try to wipe the pet down as soon as possible when it comes back inside to ensure they don’t bring any allergies in the house!

Be mindful when doing chores

If you are doing chores outside such as mowing the lawn or raking leaves then you should be wearing a mask. The outdoors around this time are not friendly to those who a=have allergies! Wearing a mask could really help you from getting symptoms!

 

 

 

 

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